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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Texas

Friday, April 10, 2015

Lubbock Man Sentenced To 87 Months In Federal Prison For Possessing Prepubescent Child Pornography

LUBBOCK, Texas — A 55-year-old Lubbock man, who admitted possessing prepubescent child pornography, was sentenced today, announced Acting U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Roberto Garcia was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 87 months in federal prison. Garcia, who has been on bond, was ordered to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on May 15, 2015.

According to plea documents filed in the case, Garcia used a computer at his residence to, among other things, search for images and videos of child pornography. In the course of his searches, Garcia located, downloaded and viewed numerous images and videos constituting child pornography. He saved the material onto the computer’s hard disk drive. Some of the numerous images of child pornography that Garcia saved involved prepubescent minors.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative, which was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children, and identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/ and click on the tab “resources.”

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy prosecuted.

Updated June 22, 2015